April 5, 2012

Heuerman nearing a decision

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One of the nation's top tight end prospects is closing in on his college decision in Naples (Fla.) Barron Collier four-star Mike Heuerman. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound prospect has been listing a top four of LSU, Miami (Fla.), Notre Dame, and Ohio State for several weeks now and the athletic pass-catcher confirmed that group as his likely finalists on Thursday afternoon.

"Those are pretty much the schools that I'm looking at," said Heuerman. "Those are the ones that I have the best relationship with."

Heuerman has made recent trips to both LSU and Notre Dame and came away impressed by both visits.

"I was at LSU a couple weeks ago and then Notre Dame this past weekend," he said. "(The visits) were good. I'm still staying in touch with LSU and talking to Zach Mettenberger like two or three times a week. Notre Dame is a great place as well so it was nice to get out there and get a look at the school and see something different."

Before making his final college decision, Heuerman will make a three-day unofficial visit to Ohio State for the weekend of the spring game. He expects a decision to come shortly after that trip.

"I fly up on the 20th and then I fly back on the 22nd," he explained. "That's probably going to be my last visit. I want to make a decision before my spring football starts on May 1st."

Ohio State has made it no secret that Heuerman sits very high on its priority list with several staff members pitching in on the recruiting efforts.

"I talked to Urban Meyer yesterday," he said. "I talk to (Ohio State coaches) at least once a week and I talk to Mark Pantoni on like twitter and facebook and I talk to coach (Tim) Hinton and coach (Tom)Herman as well."

Meyer made it a point to let Heuerman know that he was a valued prospect on their board and provided some insight on how he could be used if he were to choose the Buckeyes.

"We basically just talked about like how high he was on me and just with me and (older brother Jeff Heuerman) playing there, how that would work," he said. "He was just talking about how that even though we both play the same position that we could be on the field at the same time and just the concepts (on offense). "


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